Friday, August 10, 2012

Revealing My Bead Soup Blog Party Creations!

It's finally here-reveal day for those of us in group #2 of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party! I love reveal days and seeing all the wonderful creations, it's so inspiring. I think this is my 3rd time participating in one of Lori Anderson bead soup exchanges. Each time it gets bigger and I'm sure more complicated to keep all us artists in line.  So let's all give a big THANK YOU to Lori for all her hard work. You ROCK, Lori!

This is the lot of wonderful goodies from my swap partner, the super talented Anke Humpert!!!
All of the beads she sent were amazing.  I fondled them all for about 30 minutes. but the hearts stole my heart-SWOON!!!

So I am greedily hoarding all those other wonderful beads you see in the photo and decided to make something with the pretty hearts.  I love them so much I just had to create two jewelry pieces with them. Each is so strong on its own, I didn't want them to compete with each other if I had combined them in one piece.

So I created a wonderful dark red asymmetrical necklace with the toggle clasp and a funky industrial medal brooch with the bead.  I may be biased but I think they are perfect!

Here's a closeup of this wonderful toggle. I love how Anke created this toggle with the numbers and gold leaf.  I have NO idea how she did this because I don't work in polymer clay but I love how it looks. 

I drilled a small hole in the top part of the heart to attach the chain. This way, the clasp could also be the centerpiece. I used dark red crystals (which I can never get enough of!) a bit of chain and one of my own cast resin pieces as a connector. Its got watch parts with a gold back and fits perfectly. 

On the bottom is a dark red key I torched enameled.  The torching creates the enamel to turn different colors and this looks a little smoky but works with this necklace.

The second creation is this fun, mixed media Medal brooch.  I used an old convention badge, took out "attendee" paper, put in a vintage ticket, and layered it with vintage filigree and a number tag. 

I used the same red crystals along with some Montana Blue Swarovski coffee bean beads to attach the pendant to the bottom of the pin. The blue beads match the blue in the heart perfectly!!! A couple yrs ago I started putting a pin on every coat and jacket I have. I can't wait for fall to wear this on a jacket. 

I want to thank my partner Anke Humpert for sending me such wonderful things to work with.  Please visit her blog and website to see some of her amazing polymer clay work. If you are lucky, maybe she'll have some similiar pieces for sale and you can create your own one of a kind necklace or brooch.

Please check out all the other wonderful jewelry artist and their bead soup creations!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 

 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead

Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio

Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae

Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place

 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads

Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 

Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art


Moobie Grace said...

Loving the brooch! It's vintage, assemblage, steam punk-ish...all wrapped in to one!!

Isolina Perez said...

Barbe love what you created! Especially love the enameled key!!!

Tanya Ozanne said...

Great pieces.So unique Love and Hugs Tanya

BlueAntiquities said...

Oh yeah, I love them both, How could you go wrong with those? Fun!

Cytherea Bijoux said...

You got beautiful beads! I love them so much.
And the necklace you made is really, really pretty.

Anonymous said...

The medal brooch is a very good original idea and the heart looks like it was made for the purpose!

Kumi at Malie Kai Designs said...

Love them both!!

flyingbeader said...

Both pieces are just stunning & do smart

Anke Humpert said...

OMG!!! You did a wonderful job with both hearts!!! So cool, just love them...;-)) And thank you for derecting to my blog, too...;-))

The Jewelry Larder by Maybeline Tay said...

I love what you did to your beads! Both of your creations look so steampunk with a medival flavor to it. So refreshing. Nice!

bailaora said...

Very creative! My favourite is this amazing mixed-media brooch!Regards from Poland, Dorota

adlinah said...

Amazing, steampunk-y creations! It's great that you gave each heart its due.

13 said...

wow love your creations, so inspirational

Ginger Bishop said...

Love the mixed media feel to these pieces.

Linda Y said...

Beautiful work. I love, love, love the brooch.

Mags said...

I love the necklace but I just adore the brooch :-D

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Gorgeous creations! Love what you did with both of those amazing hearts!

Courtney said...

Love! Both pieces are stunning. I love the clasp as the focal and your brooch - amazing! Your work is beautiful.

fireflymyst said...

Love your brooch! Wonderful necklace with the toggle as a focal!

pepita said...

Very original pieces!!! And those hearts are "strong" pieces by themselves indeed. Well done!

Shari Replogle said...

Both pieces you created with the hearts are awesome! I absolutely love the brooch!

Amy's said...

I love those hearts also and you created beautiful pieces with them.

Anonymous said...

i am loving that brooch! so cool!

Creative Atelier said...

These are such pretty pieces, you did such a great job with this soup!

Skylar said...

Very cool. Love the repurposing of the clasp into a focal.

KayzKreationz said...

Very nice pieces. I love all the mixture in both, but especially the brooch. Who would have thought?

Pretty Things said...

LOVE that mixed media heart! And you did a smash-up job with all of them!
I can't wait to see what you do with the beads you hoarded!

SwallowtailJewellery said...

Gorgeous creations! The heart beads are beautiful and you have made two stunning pieces of jewellery :)

Andrea said...

The brooch really impressed me. Such beautiful work.

Sandra said...

beautiful and whimsical designs!

BackstoryBeads said...

Stunningly original! A real treat to spend a few minutes here on your blog, just bursting with inspiration. Both pieces are terrific, but I'd love to pin your brooch to all my fall jackets!

Kym Hunter Designs said...

I love the brooch! Both pieces are lovely!


great soup and beautiful work with it! love the necklace, and the brooch is so original!
ciao dall'Italia

Anonymous said...

They are both pieces I would be proud to wear.

Tealwater said...

Very creative and different, love them both!

Dancing Wire and Beads by Lori said...

Great idea to use the focal and clasp in different pieces. Your mixed media work is great; they are both awesome!

Lilyweeds at Augusta Kent Studio said...

so very pretty, Barbe. ~diana :)

Shyme said...

Lovely pieces! The brooch is cool... :D

CraftyHope said...

That brooch is amazing. I love the industrial but victorian but feminine look of it. What a clever use of that heart!

Becky Pancake said...

YUMMY!! your red necklace is outstanding.

Kepi said...

Love the hearts, great pieces!

Francy said...

love your brooch! cool use of the connector.

Rachel said...

Love the asymmetrical necklace!

Barb Fernald said...

Holy Cow!! A brooch. How refreshing!
Those hearts are amazing. I really love what you did with them. I can't believe they are polymer. The necklace and the brooch are inspiring and perfect. Bravo!

Jean A. Wells said...

Love what you made - the brooch! wow, way cool. You don't see many of those in these parties. Very original and great job!

Patricia L Johnson Glass Art said...

Your pieces are fantastic!! Both pieces are absolutly wonderful and I really love the brooch! I just love the look of steampunk and am starting to dabble with the look myself...your pieces are so inspiring.

Melissa said...

What a great idea for the brooch. I love both pieces and you have done such a great job with them both.

Melissa Muir

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Are fantastic pieces !Congrats!

Lisa Chapman said...

Oh! I <3 the hearts! Both pieces are fabulous. I don't know which I like better.

Kathy Lindemer said...

You created some wonderful pieces. The brooch is amaZing.

JeannieK said...

I totally agree, they are perfect. I absolutely love the enameled key you added to the necklace. Now that's perfect and I always your mixed media creations.

Anonymous said...

A great pair of hearts -- love what you did with both of them!

BluMoon said...

Love the vintage look of these creations!

April Grinaway said...

Very cool creations ~

Kim said...

I love both pieces, you did a beautiful job with your soup!

Regina said...

Love the brooch. I got to have a jacket at work so I am liking that brooch lot. The asymmetric necklace is lovely too.

Bryna said...

Awesome pieces! Thanks for sharing!

Patti Van said...

I truly appreciate the originality of both pieces, especially the brooch! Very cool, indeed!

Cindy Cima said...

Love what you did with your soup! Very funky and very cool pin and necklace!

Karen Mitchell said...

Love the hearts and that you made a brooch. Haven't seen many whilst blog hopping so far. Great colour palette too!

Lupe Meter said...

Awesome bead soup and your creations are stunning! Love that fire torched enamel key...completes the pendant! Nice job!

Anonymous said...

The brooch is incredibly beautiful... I love your soup and am amazed by what you created. Super fun designs!

jennifers jewels and junk said...

you really used your imagination. Love it!!!

Shanti Johnson said...

Really fun & far out! Luv them!!!!

Shirley said...

You're right, those are both stunning hearts, and you showcased them beautifully! I love the brooch idea, because it will be front and center whenever you wear it.

Cheryl McCloud said...

Wonderful designs!! I *heart* those hearts. :-)

A Polymer Penchant said...

I don't blame you for hoarding all those beauties on bit! I do love that you made a brooch I find I don't see many these days. Very cool

Lola said...

I would have gone for the hearts too, although those metal flower toggles are calling my name! I love the brooch and the necklace!

Heather said...

Love them both, but especially the necklace!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Barbe,
Beautiful pieces! I started this hop from the bottom and working up and you are the first I have seen that created a brooch. Wonderful job on both pieces.

Krafty Max said...

WOW!! I just love the red heart!! Great creations!

Judy Turner said...

I love how you mixed your soup! wonderful oieces!

Megilon said...

I get you wanting to be greedy with the beads they are stunning! I love your pieces! I think you did a great job using your soup!

LoriF said...

Wowee, what gorgeous pieces! Love them both, and so nice to see someone creating something different...but those hearts stole mine too! Fabulous.

LeeLu Creations said...

What an amazing soup you had to work with! I love the pieces you made. So very creative.

Micheladas said...

great job.

thea mia said...

I so love your jewelry designs. Its funky and with the hint of vintage in it. I specifically like the necklace the most.
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